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Zachary P. Brodeur and Scott Steinschneider

in their characterization ( Dacre et al. 2015 ; Guirguis et al. 2018 ; Hecht and Cordeira 2017 ), classification ( Dettinger et al. 2018 ; Ralph et al. 2019 ), and predictability ( Baggett et al. 2017 ; DeFlorio et al. 2018a , b ; Lavers et al. 2016 , 2017 ). Predictive skill at medium range (1–14 days) and subseasonal to seasonal (S2S; 15–90 days) time scales has become a topic of particular interest because of its relevance to water infrastructure management decisions, such as forecast

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Wade T. Crow, Concepcion Arroyo Gomez, Joaquín Muñoz Sabater, Thomas Holmes, Christopher R. Hain, Fangni Lei, Jianzhi Dong, Joseph G. Alfieri, and Martha C. Anderson

1. Introduction During the growing season, soil moisture (SM) typically controls the partitioning of available energy between sensible and latent heat flux at the soil–atmosphere interface and thereby influences the energetic relationship between the land surface and the lower atmosphere. Furthermore, SM time series contain significant temporal persistence that can be exploited to forecast this relationship out in time. Therefore, the realistic initialization of SM states in the land surface

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Fabio Oriani, Simon Stisen, Mehmet C. Demirel, and Gregoire Mariethoz

; Caraway et al. 2014 ) and forecast ( Wu 2009 ; Hu et al. 2013 ), relies on the use of nearby-station measurements, aggregated statistics, or other predictor variables to identify similar rainfall patterns in the historical record. The associated rainfall amounts at the station of interest are then randomly sampled or used for conditional inference. These techniques are not usually suitable to handle variable missing-data configurations, since they train the model with a fixed set of predictor

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Dimitrios Stampoulis, Emmanouil N. Anagnostou, and Efthymios I. Nikolopoulos

radar network is a very costly task, and in certain places of the world, this is not practical. Moreover, depending on the topography, there are regions where radar networks may not be deployed, such as high-elevation areas or areas with complex terrain in general. The only way to measure rainfall over these regions is through remote sensing from space. Finally, satellite techniques are constantly improving and are very promising with regards to detecting rainfall under different conditions (i

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Sheng Chen, Jonathan J. Gourley, Yang Hong, P. E. Kirstetter, Jian Zhang, Kenneth Howard, Zachary L. Flamig, Junjun Hu, and Youcun Qi

generating Stage II radar only are automatic and are considered as inputs to the Stage IV precipitation analysis generated at individual RFCs. A major responsibility of each RFC is producing a high-quality precipitation analysis on an hourly or at least 6-hourly basis. The Stage IV product is composed of data from WSR-88Ds, rain gauges, and satellite data, with the capability of manual quality control performed by forecasters. The technique of bias correction called P1 was originally developed by

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Nasrin Nasrollahi, Kuolin Hsu, and Soroosh Sorooshian

advantage of multiple remote-sensing devices. Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) products are combined precipitation products that use GEO's IR information to fill the gaps between PMW estimates ( Huffman et al. 2007 ). For example, to overcome the temporal limitations of PMW estimates, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) morphing technique (CMORPH) uses atmospheric motion vectors derived from GEO

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Alejandro Hermoso, Victor Homar, and Arnau Amengual

ensemble generation strategies should comprehensively sample initial, boundary and model formulation uncertainties to improve quantitative precipitation forecasts of HPEs so as to prevent human and material losses. In this sense, the second part of this study tackles these predictability issues by means of cutting-edge ensemble generation techniques. Acknowledgments This work was sponsored by: FEDER/Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades—Agencia Estatal de Investigación/COASTEPS (CGL2017

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Janice L. Bytheway, Mimi Hughes, Kelly Mahoney, and Rob Cifelli

hydrological variables at high spatial and temporal resolutions. Understanding the uncertainty in the existing available high-resolution QPE will help to quantify improvements made by additional observing systems and experimental model forecasts. Given the large uncertainty in hourly precipitation on the scale of a few kilometers, it is suggested that improving observational capabilities in regions of complex terrain, whether through additional instrumentation, advanced quality control techniques to remove

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Dayal Wijayarathne, Sudesh Boodoo, Paulin Coulibaly, and David Sills

. Y. Cho , J. S. Herd , J. M. Flavin , W. E. Benner , and G. S. Torok , 2007 : The next generation multimission U.S. surveillance radar network . Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. , 88 , 1739 – 1752 , https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-88-11-1739 . 10.1175/BAMS-88-11-1739 Wijayarathne , D. , P. Coulibaly , S. Boodoo , and D. Sills , 2020 : Evaluation of radar-gauge merging techniques to be used in operational flood forecasting in urban watersheds . Water , 12 , 1494 , https

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Ben S. Pickering, Steven Best, David Dufton, Maryna Lukach, Darren Lyth, and Ryan R. Neely III

reporters are capable of broader visual assessment of the precipitation type, but their observation volume is still an order of magnitude less than weather radars. In this study, a new approach is applied to determine the skill range of radar-based surface precipitation type products against several surface observation datasets, by varying the temporal and spatial tolerance of the product. The verification techniques developed here are further useful for assessment of NWP forecasts of precipitation type

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